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Agritourism Through Farm Stores – Farm Store Set Up

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Center for Rural Affairs in green lettering.

Online and farm store locations (to be determined)

Are you a military veteran interested in agriculture? Join us as we visit different farm stores through our 11-session series that will rotate between online classroom sessions and on-farm sessions with an online option.

In our classroom sessions, participants will visit actual storefronts, online stores, and farm stands and hear from experienced farmers and farm leaders in agritourism about the ins and outs of a farm store, how they have it set up, their experiences, and challenges they have faced.

Session topics will include how to obtain the proper equipment, maintenance of adequate facilities, how to set up purchasing systems, and more.

Cost: Free for active military service members and military veterans.

Participant stipends are available to cover approved expenses such as travel, meals, and child care. Individuals are welcome to attend with family members. For on-farm events, physical accommodations may be made upon request

When: Monday, Feb. 19 through August 2024

  • Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. Meet the farmer, skills assessment, budgeting, and marketing
  • Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. Risk management
  • March 4, 6:30 p.m. Holistic goal setting
  • March 11, 6:30 p.m. Agritourism laws
  • March 18, 6:30 p.m. Zoning and insurance
  • March 25, 6:30 p.m. Taxes and recordkeeping
  • April 15, 6:30 p.m. Farm store set up
  • May 13, 6:30 p.m. Sourcing other products
  • June 10, 6:30 p.m. Risk management, off-site farm store
  • July 18, 6:30 p.m. Marketing (online)
  • Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Farm stand marketing

Registration required by Feb. 16: Click here to register

Questions/assistance with registering: Contact Kirstin Bailey, [email protected] or 402.870.2390, or Deborah Solie, [email protected] or 402.870.1133

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